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Traveler’s Checklist

There’s a lot to think about when you’re preparing to travel to a different country. When you’re planning what to take on your trip, don’t forget to pack a Travelers’ Health Kit in your luggage. It’s a good idea to keep all medicines, especially prescriptions, in your carry-on bags. Because of airline security rules, sharp objects and some liquids and gels will have to remain in checked luggage. Check airline regulations for your specific airline before packing.

Basic first-aid items

  • Bandaids
  • Elastic wrap for sprains
  • Double antibiotic ointment
  • Tweezers (not allowed in your carry-on)
  • Digital thermometer
  • 1% hydrocortisone cream
  • Moleskin for blisters
  • Lubricating eye drops


  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol), Ibuprofen (Advil) and/or Naproxen (Aleve) for pain or fever
  • Bismuth Subsalicylate (Pepto-Bismol)
  • Loperamide (Immodium AD)
  • Oral rehydration solution packets
  • Antihistamine (Benadryl, Zyrtec, or Loratadine)
  • Decongestant (alone or in combination with antihistamine)
  • Cough drops

Personal medications

When traveling with medications, make sure you carry them in their original containers with clear labels, so it’s clear what medicines they are. If you are carrying any controlled substances or injectable medicines, carry a note on letterhead stationery from your doctor to explain your reason for having this medicine.

  • Any prescription or over-the-counter drugs you take on a regular or intermittent basis
  • Anti-malaria drugs, if needed
  • Antibiotics for Traveler’s Diarrhea, if needed

Other important items

  • Insect repellent/wipes (Deet 30–50%)
  • Sunscreen (at least SPF 30)
  • Antibacterial hand wipes or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol)
  • Clothes pins (2–3)
  • Extra contact lenses and extra pair of glasses.
  • Water purification tablets
  • Latex condoms, other contraceptives

Make a medical contact card that includes: